Sen. John Arthur Smith told me several years ago that he was sold on the potential for Spaceport America after hearing space industry executives gush about the possibility to conduct secretive testing and research in the remote New Mexico desert. In the hypercompetitive private space industry, secrecy is a selling point for recruiters looking to lure more new businesses to the spaceport. But for those concerned about government transparency and accountability, that same secrecy is a sticking point. In 2017, officials at Spaceport American convinced New Mexico legislators to shield companies doing business at the spaceport from the state’s open records law. Those companies will go to other states like Virginia, Texas or California that have passed shield laws if we don’t, spaceport CEO Dan Hicks warned at the time. Even things like the cost or length of a lease agreement had to be kept secret, because that information would be a “tell to the industry,” Hicks said.
Peter and Walt discussed the problem of adult guardianship on their December 2nd show. On hand was State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, State Rep. Joanne Ferrary, Secretary of Aging and Long-term Services Alice Liu McCoy, Patricia Galindo of the Administrative Office of the Courts, guardianship reform expert Rick Black from North Carolina, and Las Cruces attorney Karen Wootton. A knowledgeable and varied group.
On the December 2, 2020 edition of Speak Up, Las Cruces, Peter and Walt talked virtually with nationally-known writer Mike Croley. Mike Croley, who’ll be giving a talk/reading by zoom Friday at 2:30 as part of the NMSU annual reading series, discussed his writing. He’s published essays, journalism, and short stores, including his short story collection, Any Other Place: Stories, and was co-editor of MIDLAND: Reports from Flyover Country, which interviewed many “middle of the country” citizens about their views when many urban journalists and politicians seemed baffled, after the 2016 election, about what was going on elsewhere.
Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel updated listeners on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as a part of Speak Up, Las Cruces, including details of the New Mexico Governor’s press conference on November 30, 2020.
Today's program features a conversation between host Randy Harris and guest Bob Hearn, exploring and comparing "scientific" and "intuitive" thinking. The first intends to produce "provable" results usually related to the physical world. The second intends to illuminate perspectives on timeless human questions most often deemed "unknowable".
Host MaryAnn Digman gives an overview on what's happening with the pandemic, both locally and nationally. In this episode, she goes in-depth on testing, explaining its importance, differences between the tests and where to get tested in Las Cruces.
Host Xolani Kacela's guest Rabbi Larry Karol, now retired, discuss his calling to serve as a Rabbi, the process of retiring from Temple Beth El in Las Cruces, and his love of music both secular and religious. Rabbi Karol is an accomplished musician, performer, and composer.
Lisa Lucca focuses on the reason for the Thanksgiving season ... gratitude, with an uplifting show that includes messages from many of your favorite KTAL hosts.
In the second hour of their November 25, 2020 show, hosts Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel started with their regular Cruces Coronavirus Update, and then discussed the special legislative session in Santa Fe to authorize Covid-19 relief. In the last half-hour, they talked about "contact-tracing" with local resident Jean Berlowitz, who had been doing just that during the last few months. She'll discuss how that works, why we do it, and what she's learned about the virus.
Peter and Walt discussed running and the Diné ways of life with Shaun Martin on the November 25, 2020 edition of Speak, Up, Las Cruces. Shaun Martin was an exceptional distance runner and has also coached teams of younger Navajo to top places, leading to college scholarships for many; and he started the Cañon de Chelly Run, which gets international participation and this year had to be held virtually. John Mylius is a local runner, who lived/worked on the reservation, has written about the subject, and is a mutual friend of Shaun Martin and host Peter Goodman, facilitates the discussion.
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